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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
7:59 pm
[crazycongirl]
TotalCon 29 Feb 19-22, 2015
TotalCon 29 is gearing up to be a major gaming experience for all. Feb 19-22, 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA

*New Industry Guests including Mike Pondsmith (RTalsorian/Cyberpunk fame), Golden Goblin Press, Dave Simpson (Knighthawk Games) and Stephen Wollet, author of Blasphemous Cocktails a cthulhu inspired drink recipe book (complete with signing and drink tastings during the Saturday night dinner break). This is along with all the many returning guests http://www.totalcon.com/industry-guests.html

*New Thursday Night Flea Market and No-Ship Math Trades ( http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/1217380/total-confusion/general )

*Full PFS track featuring EXCLUSIVES, guests, and cool prizes.

*Full Adventurer League 5e featuring the Tyranny of Dragons story line, including introductory adventures for D&D 5e Adventurer's League. We will also have three new Tier-2 adventures for experienced players, and we are coordinating a Magic Item Trading Post on Sunday. See event descriptions for details!

*BattleGround Fantasy Warfare

*IronGM Regional Championship

*Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoon inspired Industry Guest star studded event

*Full Old School RPG area spear headed by Frank Mentzer and Tim Kask!

*NOVA 40k qualifier, Blood Bowl Tournie, Orge, Car Wars, Historical and Fantasy Miniatures

*Catan National Qualifier, NER championships, open gaming, and library of games. demo teams, and several indie board game companies in attendance.

*Vampire Late Night LARP

*On-site live recording of THE DICE TOWER podcast and Dice Tower Dinner with Eric Summerer . Other podcasts in attendance: Mythwiths, Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, Cardboard Jungle, and Wargaming Recon.

*Full vendor hall and new exhibitors in the main hallway

And that's just the beginning!

OVER 500 events to choose from! Plus shadow cast performances by RKO Army, Panels, and proto-type reviews by industry guests.

www.totalcon.com
Pre-reg is now open. $40 for the weekend plus ticket fees. $50 at door. Day passes also available. Free parking, easy to find Right off exit 7a on Route 95 in MA. Totalcon Home
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
3:37 pm
[chainkill]
Technocracy Game for 2015
I am going to run a game of Mage the Ascension focused on the technocracy as heroes, trying to clean up reality. In a previous game I ran, the technocracy became aware, through the actions of the Black Spiral Dancers, of the existence of The Wyrm, the living concept of entropy. This is obviously unacceptable, and so a team is being assembled to study the problem, and to construct a synthetic concept of destruction, which will be far more manageable than the current living one.

I plan to run this game one Sunday per month, starting in February.

Because this is the technocracy, I am asking for your character's backstory to be written in the form of a resume and cover letter. Obviously, since you are the team constructing a synthetic concept of destruction to replace The Wyrm, this will be a high-level game. In your resume, please list your patents, by which I mean rotes.

In addition to the ideas conveyed in your resume and cover letter, please have a hook for your character, which connects her to the real world. Examples include a family, a hobby, membership in the local farmer's market, etc. You don't need to tell me your hook right away, but it will come out in the job interview/prelude.

Below are five possible character archetypes I am looking for. It us up to you to flesh them out into interesting characters. If you think of an archetype you do not see here, please respond anyway (including what the job posting would have looked like if I had thought of it).



Wanted: Recession Expert
Required Experience: Must have at least 15 years experience on Federal Reserve, World Bank, or similar. Please include in your cover letter at least one recession you caused and one you prevented and why you chose each action. Must be comfortable with extra-planar travel. Must have at least five patents.


Wanted: Epidemiologist
Required Experience: Must have at least 15 years experience with CDC, Doctors without Borders, or similar. Please include in your cover letter at least one epidemic you caused, and one you discovered. Discuss how these epidemics were positive and how they were negative in the development of humanity. Must be comfortable with extra-planar travel. Must have at least five patents.


Wanted: Anarchy Expert
Required Experience: Must have at least 15 years experience in embassies to brutal dictatorships. Please include in your cover letter at least one goverment you destroyed, and another you saved from destruction. Must be comfortable with extra-planar travel. Must have at least five patents.


Wanted: Intellectual Property Repossessor
Required Experience: Must have at least 15 years experience in a patent office or similar. Please include in your cover letter at least two patents which you deemed dangerous enough to remove them directly from the minds of the people who wrote them. Must be comfortable with extra-planar travel. Must have at least five patents.


Wanted: Abnormal Psychologist
Required Experience: Must have at least 15 years experience working with patients whose mental illnesses are particularly debilitating. Please include in your cover letter brief descriptions of the declines of at least two patients. Must be comfortable with extra-planar travel. Must have at least five patents.
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
8:15 pm
[anu3bis]
PicniCon XVI: Thank you all
PicniCon XVI doors have closed, and, since LionCub is asleep, the house is quiet.  Thanks to all who attended, especially my clone brother for making the trek up from NJ, to John Hubal, co-founder of BostonGamers who called in to a resounding cheer, and Tyler and Karyn for their behind-the-scenes help that keeps the con rolling.  We love running this every year, and at the 10th anniversary of holding it at our own house, we could not have had more fun.   Thanks, all, and more next year!
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
9:22 pm
[anu3bis]
PICNICON XVI: OMG Our Con Can Drive! Friday, July 4th at 12:00 noon -> Sunday, July 6th at 6:00 pm
PicniCon XVI: OMG Our Con Can Drive!
For our new members, Picnicon is Bostongamers annual gathering, a weekend of good games, good friends, and good food!
WHERE:
In the home of BostonGamers' benevolent Dictator, Vivian Abraham. We are in Somerville, the Gaming Nexus, reasonably close to the T. The address is 11 Fenwick Street, #2, easily accessible by bus from Sullivan Station and Davis Square, a few blocks walk from the bus to/from Lechmere. We have _some_ parking available as well. Let us know if you are coming via car in advance, and we can arrange for Somerville party permits.
WHEN:
Friday, July 4th at 12:00 noon -> Sunday, July 6th at 6:00 pm
(come early, and you'll get drafted to clean.  Stay late, the same)
WHAT TO BRING:
There's both crash space and facilities to cook and store food, so bring sleeping bags if you're crashing and either food to cook or money to order out or chip in for groceries. Viv and I will be cooking and others are welcome to join us. I (Daniel) will provide many, many buffalo wings Friday evening, as is traditional. A note on alcohol: you are welcome to bring it, we usually have a big game of Baron Munchausen one night which involves lots of drinking, but we reserve the right to collect keys and/or cut folks off if necessary.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Everyone should come prepared to play and/or run a game, bring board games, or do something to make it fun for everyone - unlike many gaming conventions, this is a group-participation event, so don't hesitate to join in and plan some events! They'll be lots of willing people to help!
On the slate this year:
* The traditional (and infamous) late-night Baron Munchausen game  (tall tales in the grand manner),
* Circumstances willing, a grand game of Encore, the team singing and lyrics game.
* [insert your game here]
GAME MASTERS!
If you want to run a scheduled game at PicniCon, please send me an email with:
* The name of the game
* The number of players you want
* The system
* If you're using pre-generated characters or want people to bring them
* How long you expect the game to run
We'll still have room for pickup games, but we want to put some games on the map first.
LET US KNOW!
Allergies:
Cats: sadly, only the one cat this year (Miles)
Foods: Please notify me of any food allergies and/or restrictions, and we'll do our best to accommodate.
Kids of All Ages: Welcome! The boy plays Ticket To Ride, Innovation, Ingenious, Dominion, Rumis, Lords of Waterdeep, and anything he can get his hands on...and will want to play with you.  Feel free to play or refuse.  [Proud sponsors of the Geek Parent Conspiracy]
Stuff: We are set on folding tables and chairs.  
Games: Bring _some_ games, but not _all_ your games.  Feel free to send me a list of the games you want to bring, and I'll coordinate to reduce the number of multiple copies. For example. we're cool on Cosmic Encounters (the new new one with the expansion)
QUESTIONS?
Just drop me an email and any difficulties can be overcome.
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
8:25 pm
[medievalbooks]
PCs and NPCs wanted for Isles Purgatory Station April 18-20 Charlton Ma
You are invited to join the Second Campaign in the setting of THE ISLES !



Monster camp is heated...plus there are hot (well in summer nice cold!)showers in the tavern

We participate in the Accelerant CP Exchange. Come and PC and NPC with us,
and you can earn credit for your character in many other Accelerant
Games, such as Cottington Woods, Madrigal, Occam's razor, Isles, Aralis, Mirror, Mirror, L.I.O.N.E, Nero Boston, Clockwork Skies, Shadows of Amun. If there are new games that aren't listed here in the Accelerant system..please let me know.

If interested, please contact us thru the links below :

Isles Contact E-mails :

Event Registrations : Use the Pre-Reg form in the other thread in this forum. Send it to : event_registration@theisles.org

NPC Registration : NPCPreReg@theisles.org

Character Information : isles.character.updates@gmail.com

Contact the GM : Zhinn@theisles.org

Contact Plot : Plot@theisles.org
Monday, February 10th, 2014
7:06 pm
[crazycongirl]
TotalCon 28 is just days away!
Break those winter blues with gaming, entertainment, friends and fun! You deserve it.
One week left to pre-register on-line. 10 days until the dice start rolling at TotalCon 28
www.totalcon.com

More than HUNDREDS of gaming event choices featuring role-playing, board games, miniatures, young player, and video gaming. More than a powerhouse of talented Industry Guests. More than a vendor hall featuring some of the best game stores from the New England region....

There will be exhibitors showcasing new games.
There will be charity events.
There will be new live entertainment (Dorks in Dungeons & Matthew Ebel will join RKO Army)
There will be panels on game design, game mastering, women in gaming, editing, proto-type game reviews and more.
There will be championships.
There will be prizes.
There will be gaming themed drinks in the bar (dare to try a Smaug's Breath?)
There will be tales of glory, fame, and battles won and lost.

And it's all for you to enjoy. Be There. www.totalcon.com

TotalCon 28, co-sponsored by The Game Salute and Eagle & Gryphon Games, will be held February 20-23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn at 31 Hampshire St. in Mansfield, MA exit 7a off Rte. 95(MA). Free parking.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
1:04 pm
[crazycongirl]
Call for GMs for TotalCon 28 Feb 20-23, 2014
Hello,

TotalCon is looking for GM's to host events for it's upcoming 27th annual tabletop gaming convention to be held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA next Feb 20-23, 2014. Miniatures, board games, role-playing events, card events, and volunteers to help host/teach in the young player area are wanted! Excellent Game Masters make a good con GREAT! You are needed!

TotalCon offers refunds on registration costs, t-shirts, and prize tickets in exchange for your time and talents. More game hours equals more benefits and all GMs are invited to the after hours GM social hosted on Friday night of the convention. Events must be received by November 15th to be included in the program book/on-line registration system. Please submit early, time slots and tables can (and do) fill up fast!
Full details and event registration forms here:
http://totalcon.com/GameMasterInfo.html

If you haven't been to TotalCon before or could not attend this year you missed:
Over 1,200 gamers under one roof at one time
Hundreds of events to choose with special Industry Hosted games/premiers/and previews
Dice Tower podcast recorded live at the con!
Exciting Game Demos with Exhibitors including WizKids, Zpocalypse, and Hull Breach
RKO Army live performances and Special Panels
New England Regional Championships and National Qualifiers
IRON GM official qualifier and Settlers of Catan official qualifier (winner of each received a free trip to GenCon 2012)
RPGA and Pathfinder events with the newest mods and Battle Interactives offered
Vendor Hall with some of the best hobby stores in the region

Don't miss out next year. BE THERE!  Only 30 minutes from Boston off Rte. 95, free parking, hotel rooms starting at under $100.

www.totalcon.com

TotalCon... dedicated to bringing the best in gaming to the heart of New England
Monday, October 15th, 2012
1:16 pm
[crazycongirl]
Call for GMs: TotalCon 27 coming Feb. 2013

Hello,

TotalCon is looking for GM's to host events for it's upcoming 27th annual tabletop gaming convention to be held at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA next Feb 21-24, 2013. Miniatures, board games, role-playing events, card events, and volunteers to help host/teach in the young player area are wanted! Excellent Game Masters make a good con GREAT! You are needed!

TotalCon offers refunds on registration costs, t-shirts, and prize tickets in exchange for your time and talents. More game hours equals more benefits and all GMs are invited to the after hours GM social hosted on Friday night of the convention. Events must be received by November 15th to be included in the program book/on-line registration system. Please submit early, time slots and tables can (and do) fill up fast!
Full details and event registration forms here:
http://totalcon.com/GameMasterInfo.html

If you haven't been to TotalCon before or could not attend this year you missed:
Over 1,000 gamers under one roof at one time
Hundreds of events to choose with special Industry Hosted games/premiers/and previews
Dice Tower podcast recorded live at the con!
Exciting Game Demos with Exhibitors including WizKids, Zpocalypse, and Hull Breach
RKO Army live performances and Special Panels
New England Regional Championships and National Qualifiers
IRON GM official qualifier and Settlers of Catan official qualifier (winner of each received a free trip to GenCon 2012)
RPGA and Pathfinder events with the newest mods and Battle Interactives offered
Vendor Hall with some of the best hobby store in the region

Don't miss out next year. BE THERE!

www.totalcon.com

TotalCon... dedicated to bringing the best in gaming to the heart of New England
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
3:59 pm
[victimofnoone]
Hey guys. My name is Angela and I work with AlliedTHA and Lionsgate here in Boston. We're currently promoting the film "Dredd" (based on the Judge Dredd comics) and I was wondering what the best way would be to contact someone about giving you guys some free passes to see an advanced screening in Boston.

Can someone please comment here with an email address I can send the information and link to? We work through gofobo, so you'll be able to then forward on the link to others for everyone to share. There's no obligation or catch on your end; we're just looking for local groups that fit our target demographic and, being a geek myself, I'm more willing to venture onto LJ, DW, and other places that our company would not normally express interest in.

Thanks!
Angela

(Please forgive the roleplay journal; I don't have a personal journal here on LJ.)
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
5:06 pm
[locke61dv]
Acquiring the bostongamers.com domain?
Hey all! So I own the bostongamers.com domain, but no longer live in Boston. Would any locals like to make the most of it? Let me know!
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
11:04 pm
[vortexofchaos]
Getting closer to Across the Sea of Stars this summer

TNT has talked it over, and we're willing to run Across the Sea of Stars this summer. You know - the sprawling ten hour, 25 player Tale-Telling Universe-spanning science fiction LARP that rocked Intercons F and I.

We can't do it alone, though. Specifically, we need a big open space to run it in. Who can we talk to about the Levin Ballroom at Usdan? Are there any other possibilities that won't cost us even more money than we're already going to have to spend to bring this game to you? Who is the person who can find us the space we need?

As usual, there's a bit more over on my journal. I'd appreciate it you'd put your comments over there, for sanity's sake.

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
1:00 pm
[usernamenumber]
Geek House minutes from Harvard Square is seeking a housemate
Greetings! If you are or know someone looking for a room in a fun, social geekhaus in the Boston area, I'm moving and looking for someone to take over my room. See the craigslist ad here!

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/roo/2846178077.html
Friday, February 10th, 2012
9:02 am
[thastygliax]
Player seeking game
I'm looking for a game to join. I've been playing RPGs for 30 years, and GMed on and off for most of that time. I'm already running one game, though, so I'm looking for an opportunity to gets my kicks as a player.

Sundays are best for me, but I can also do weeknights (Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, currently). I live in Dorchester near Mattapan, but I'm able and willing to travel as far as Somerville, Dedham, or Braintree.

The RPGs I know best are D&D, GURPS, BESM, and Cinematic Unisystem, but I'm willing to give many other systems a try, too. I usually prefer fantasy, and have played quite a bit of horror (though I'm a little burnt out on it at the moment). I'll play occasional SF games if they grab me enough, but I'm not really into supers or cyberpunk.

If your group has an opening, please let me know!

--Tim
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm
[doctoraicha]
PAX East
Hi guys.

I just bought a ticket to PAX east, and I am trying to find any communities where that is discussed. Do any of you know of any? It's my first gamer con, and first anything that isn't DragonCon, to be honest.

Thanks in advance.
Saturday, November 26th, 2011
5:30 pm
[peechiz]
Nerd seeks nerds for nerding
Hello!

I'm newish to Boston, and I was wondering where Boston's gamers hung out when PAX East wasn't going on. Some googling sent me here. I'd love to meet some new people outside of grad school and get my gaming fix with some new friends. If you know of any semi-regular game nights, I'd love to hear about them. I'm open to any kind of games, but I definitely lean toward the board and card variety. I have very little experience in a legitimate RPG (my friend runs his own homebrew RPG... ask me about Kabob) but I'm totally willing to learn in return for some semi-regular socializing.

Nice to meet you, and if you'd like to e-mail me directly, the address is cimpicci AT gmail

Toodles!
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
11:20 am
[crazycongirl]
TotalCon 26 (Feb 23-26, 2012) in Mansfield, MA
Total Confusion 2012: Come for the games, stay for the party!
www.totalcon.com

TotalCon is taking no chances. If the world is going to end in 2012, we want to go out with our dice flinging in the air so we are preparing to offer a fantstic event packed with all the best that our gaming community has to offer. And you are an important part of this celebration! TotalCon is actively seeking GM's for all typs of games and players to come and enjoy these events. GM's get reimbursed their badge cost (days or full weekend depending on the number of hours you volunteer running games).

TotoalCon already has some great things lined up:
National and Local Industry Guests of Honor
Iron GM competion
Full Rpga and Pathfinder areas with the lastest mods and battle interactives
Full Old School RPG area
Small Press RPG's hosted by our Industry Guest Stars
The Dice Tower Podcast with Dice Tower hosted board game events
Full library of games from classics to the lastest favorites for casual gamers
Several NE Regional Board Game Championships
Miniature Paintings hosted by The Muse's Touch Miniature Painting
Classic BattleTech, BlackPowder Miniature event, Car Wars, 40K tournament


Exhibitors and Vendors

Movie screenings including Going Cardboard: A board game documentary

Special performances presented by RKO Army: Rocky Horror, Repo. The genetic opera, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog. And Buffy, the musical

Cube of death: watch our panel of industry guest battle wits in a trivia game show about everything gaming and geeky, better yet, join their team and help your favorite star bring home the crown!

Panels on all things hobby related. Plus a full line-up of gaming in all genres with the largest selection of scheduled events to choose from in the New England area.

And again... this is only the beginning! Your help and participation will bring this event to the next level and worthy of a world ending gaming celebration. Full details at www.totalcon.com

TotalCon will be held Feb. 23-26, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA just 30 minuttes from Boston, MA off exit 7a on route 95 MA with bus routes dropping off a little under 2miles away from the hotel. Complimentary shuttle service for registered hotel guests.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
1:23 pm
[kinnerc]
Tomorrow in Boston's South Station!
Like chess? Interested in playing? Want a chance to play against the Best of the Best?

Here is your chance!



The Boylston Chess Club Presents


The Simul in South Station
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Featuring 3-time US Chess Champion
Grandmaster Larry Christiansen
vs.
20 Simultaneous Players

When: Thursday, October 20th, 5PM
Where: South Station, Boston (on the Red Line)


The games will take place right under the Train Schedule!


Admission: FREE to watch; FREE to play
(Contact boylstonchess@gmail.com to sign up)



Alternates and Extra Seats will be available the day of the event!

Prizes for anyone who can beat Grandmaster Christiansen!

Please come and help us make this a special event.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
4:20 pm
[thastygliax]
GenCon swag for trade
I attended my first GenCon earlier this month, and unsurprisingly, came home with a lot of swag. Some of it's stuff that I'm never going to have a use for, but one of you other gamers out there might:

  • Tinker, Spacer, Psion, Spy: The Twilight Sector Companion, for Traveller (Terra/Sol Games)
  • Claws of Pelazin, a 1st-3rd level Pathfinder adventure (Silver Crescent Publishing)
  • Rift, a fantasy adventure PC game (Trion)
  • Two demo decks for Magic: The Gathering (one blue, one white)
  • True Dungeon tokens (13)


I'm hoping to trade these items for other gaming material, such as RPG books (I mostly play D&D 3.5 and BESM, but I'm interested in several other systems), D&D minis, Cthulhu Mythos toys or games, or LEGO minifigures (yes, I consider those "gaming material"!).

If interested, reply or message me with an offer.
Friday, July 15th, 2011
9:19 am
[balsamicdragon]
Please vote for me to be an ENnie Judge!
It's voting time! Please please, if you have a few seconds, click here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/
and vote for me to be an ENnie Judge! You can take a look at my profile here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/?page_id=2370

It'll be a blast if I win, and I will get to playtest a ton of games in the greater Boston area! Thank you for your support!

Viv
Friday, June 17th, 2011
4:16 pm
[medievalbooks]
NPCs and PCs needed for Isles : Purgatory Sation June 24-26th
You are invited to join the opening season of the Second Campaign in the setting of THE ISLES.


A month has passed since the first wave of new citizens arrived from the Empire of Hardestaan in the frontier-town of Purgatory Station. An uneasy balance and truce has been struck between the new townsfolk, the native inhabitants, and the alien Galeesh. Now the festival of Vestalia looms. This is a chance for the townspeople to improve their standing in the eyes of the local community, but what deeper meaning lurks beneath the seemingly innocent festival rites? How are the spirits of the Court of the Sun involved? Will the festival bring them closer to the locals, or drive a spike through their attempts at diplomacy? Join us in The Isles: Purgatory Station.


We are seeking PCs and NPC’s June 24th-June 26th
at Ye Olde Commons in Charlton, Mass.

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